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  • Literature+Fiction

    Classics- Love Them or Hate Them?

    These are books written years ago- of people in times of war and misery. These books have stories of innocent romance and tales of bravery too. There are adventures on the sea and tales of treasures discovered. Yet, classics aren’t a favorite pick of most book lovers. They are considered to be boring, difficult to understand and have a tendency to put one to sleep. I don’t disagree with any of these points. In fact, many such classics have worked as a lullaby on nights when sleep eluded me. However, slowly and steadily I have managed to transform my dislike into passion. Reasons to pick up classics In our fast…

  • Literature+Fiction

    Five Easy Classics for Beginner Readers

    Classics have their own charm. Despite most book lovers avoiding classics, I still consider them a great option when you want stories with a whole lot of depth. If you are beginner reader and are looking for easy classics to get started off, here are five popular choices. These books have a great story and also are easy on the narration. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson This is the story of young David. Set in mid-18th century, the orphaned and penniless David is out seeking his last living relative- his Uncle Ebenezer. In this quest, David faces one misfortune after another. He escapes a murder, before being kidnapped and imprisoned…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Zusak’s Book Thief #AtoZChallenge

    “I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Heard of a book that feed the soul?? Then, The Book Thief may well be considered one. Markus Zusak’s book is set in Nazi Germany. It is the unforgettable story of Liesel Meminger,…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Yesteryear Classics-The Scarlet Letter #AtoZChallenge

    “She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”  ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter Disclaimer: This book is a tough read, and requires a hell lot of your time and effort. A classic it is, set in the 17th century; such books have their own sway of English and prose. But trust me, cross this hurdle and you would surely not regret reading it.  For, this book speaks volumes, on a woman’s struggle for dignity. The Scarlet Letter was written in 1850 by the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne and till day it is considered a masterpiece among classics. The Puritans were a minority religious group who used strong influences…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Non Fiction & Auto-Biographies,  Women in Books

    E(X)traordinary She Was- Helen Keller #AtoZChallenge

    “Knowledge is love and light and vision.”  ― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life   She is extraordinary in every way. Helen Keller, the inspirational lady, who triumphed over her adversities in the most incredible way. This is her true story- her autobiography. Helen Keller was deaf and blind. Struck by meningitis at 19 months of age, her world all of a sudden turned dark and silent. At a time when those around her thought that her life was destined to be lived in isolation and darkness, along came Anne Sullivan, her teacher. The Story of my Life is a book that chronicles her life, her growing up, and her struggles…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Mystery, Thriller+Suspense,  Women in Books

    Weird She May Seem- Rachel Watson in The Girl on the Train #AtoZChallenge

    “let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”  ― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train   Rachel Watson is not your typical protagonist. In fact, she comes across as a girl with a low self-esteem and a drinking problem. She could get angry, violent and destructive too, to the point where she seldom remembers anything that ensues. So, why am I including her in this series of mine? This is because, The Girl on the Train was a book I enjoyed reading, and Rachel’s characterization with all her weirdness, made the book what it is. It is Rachel and her hyper…